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Nearly 1,500 candidates stood for election yesterday across Virginia for mayor, city and town councils, and school boards. We are proud to say that of that number, 25 were graduates of the Sorensen Institute. Our alumni celebrating victory today include:
Paul Smedberg, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001, won re-election to the Alexandria City Council.
Dave Norris, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, won election to the Charlottesville City Council.
Bryan Collins, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006 and a member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006, won election to the Chesapeake City Council.
Jay Leftwich, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1996, won re-election to the City of Chesapeake School Board.
Edythe Frankel Kelleher, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001, won re-election to the Vienna Town Council in Fairfax County.
Ted Byrd, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1995, won election to the Harrisonburg City Council.
Craig O'Der, Jr., a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000, won re-election to the Ridgeway Town Council in Henry County.
Bob Zoldos, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997, won re-election to the Lovettsville Town Council in Loudon County.
Scott Garrett, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, won election to the Lynchburg City Council.
Earnest Porta, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2005, won election as Mayor of the Town of Occoquan in Prince William County.
Jim Wood, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2002, won re-election to the Virginia Beach City Council.
Linda Crandell, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, won re-election to the Colonial Beach Town Council.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Today is Election Day in Virginia. Nearly 1500 candidates for city and town councils and school boards (including 20 Sorensen graduates) are getting out the vote today all across the Commonwealth. This is a wonderful opportunity for we citizens to participate in our communities and engage the ideals of political leadership at a very local level. It is also a fitting time to remember the sacrifices that others have made so that we may all enjoy the freedom to choose our leaders.
The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership would like to thank everyone who stepped forward to run for office this year. Congratulations on your candidacy and good luck at the polls!
This Just In: College Leaders Program Class of 2005 alumna Lucy Hutchinson has been accepted into the Governor's Fellows Program. She will be working in the Office of the Secretary of Commonwealth from June 5-July 31. During the months of May and August she will be interning with Governor Mark Warner's Forward Together PAC on his policy team.
The Spring 2006 edition of the Sorensen newsletter is now available.
Click on the image at left to download a PDF copy.
Copies are also mailed to board members, recent alumni, and all alumni and friends who have donated at least $50 in the past year.If you would like to receive a color copy in the mail, please contact Tracy Tanner Bond at email@example.com.
In this Special Edition: meet each member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006 and see photos from our March 22 Gala in Richmond.
On Monday April 24 Sorensen's Executive Director Sean O'Brien was a guest on "HearSay with Cathy Lewis." The program was broadcast on WHRV 89.5FM in Hampton Roads. An audio archive of the program is now available online.
Click here to visit the archive site for this program. Then click on "Listen Now" beneath the headline "From the Headlines: Off and Running."
Program note: Sean O'Brien's interview begins at 00:18:40.
Congratulations to Linda Wyatt, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1998, for having been elected secretary of the Olmstead Board. Created by Executive Order 2 under Governor Kaine, the Olmstead Board "monitors laws
and studies barriers and challenges concerning community integration of
Virginians with disabilities and reports their recommendations to the Governor."
Linda is a retired elementary school educator after over 30 years teaching in the Roanoke City public school system. She also served as a Roanoke city councilor for 10 years and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Education Association.
Audio archives of interviews from "Charlottesvilleâ€”Right Now," hosted and produced by the Sorensen Institute's Coy Barefoot (shown at left), are now available online. Beginning this week, the podcasts will be posted to the Charlottesville Podcasting Network on a near-daily basis.
Coy frequently interviews Sorensen alumni on the program, as well as elected leaders from across the stateâ€”including regular monthly chats with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Attorney General Bob McDonnell, and members of the Governor's cabinet like Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer and Secretary of Natural Resources (and Sorensen Regional Board member) Preston Bryant.
"Charlottesvilleâ€”Right Now" is broadcast each weekday from 4-6pm on NewsRadio 1070 WINA.
Congratulations are due Alfonso Lopez (Political Leaders Program Class of 2003) and Sarah Zevin who were married this past Sunday April 23 at a lovely ceremony at the Women's National Democratic Club in Washington. Alfonso is Director of the Virginia Liaison Office in D.C., having been appointed by Governor Tim Kaine.
Candidate Training Program Class of 2006 graduate Jeanette Rishell of
Manassas is vying to be the Democratic nominee to run in the 50th
District to fill the seat vacated last month by the late Harry Parrish.
Delegate Parrish held that seat for thirteen consecutive terms.
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